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Town’s Sad Christmas Lights December 14, 2008

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christmas-lights3Our town has about the saddest Christmas lights I’ve ever seen.  They are on one of our town’s two main streets which is actually a state highway.  So everybody that drives through town also knows how sad they are.

The lights have got to be more than 25 years old and have seen better days.  They are candles and Christmas tree’s that attach to the street light poles.  The ones that work to look kind of pretty and remind me of the kind of Christmas lights all the towns had when I was a kid. 

The problem is more than half of them either don’t work at all or have several lights out.  They look okay during the day, but they look sad at night.

I know our town doesn’t have much money but the time as come to either fix the lights or not put them up any more, at the ones that don’t work.

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Home Made Christmas December 10, 2008

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christmas-crafts1I had a lot of crafts on my Christmas to do list this year and I can’t believe but I almost done.  I like doing crafts and it’s makes me not feel so bad about watching TV at night.

So what have I done?  I made a rag wreath.  It came out pretty nice.  I made a button and bead Christmas tree.  I love buttons and have always wanted a button tree.  I added the beads, well, just because. 

Today me and my daughter made tin can lanterns.  You should have seen us with the drill.  We probably should have used the nail and hammer that the instructions called for.  The drill was my husbands idea.  Go figure, a guy wanting to use a power drill.  I’ll get the candles in them in about an hours and see how they look then.  One reason I wanted to make them was because they reminded me of the old fashioned luminaries that I grew up with in New Mexico.

Tonight I’ll finish my gift card envelopes.  This year I’m doing something pretty simple.  I took wrapping paper and cookie cutters to make snow flakes, Christmas trees, stars and bells.  I’m using fabric paint to help them stick to the envelope.  The paint also gives it a 3-D look.

My last project will be magnet boards for my co-workers.  I’m using a cookie sheet that I had my husband drill a hole in for hanging.  Then I’ll cover them with a material (which I have tubs of) to match the personality.  I did cheat and buy magnets to go with them.

Yeah, I can’t believe I’m almost done.

Real or Fake – The Tree Debate December 8, 2008

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christmas20tree20blogI love trees, shurbs and plants of all kinds.  I have fresh cut flowers in the house all summer long.  But when it comes to our Christmas tree I go with the fake one. 

Most people that pick the fake tree say they did so because of cost or the mess.    Both good reasons I guess, but not mine.

I just can’t stand cutting down a prefectly good tree to stick in the house for a couple of weeks and then throw it away.  I did try a root ball one once.  They problem with that was it was so long before we could plant it in the spring it still died.

So I’ll stick with my fake tree inside and admire all the real ones outside.